Squirrels Gone Nutz: November

Hello and welcome! It’s again my most favorite time of the month: our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop! Your previous stop should have been the sweet Karen 🙂

This month’s theme is “Holidays” and the randomly selected supply: vellum. We are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad, and every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The most important part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

The vellum that I have is not only too thin to be die cut but also all of the sheets in the pack were quite damaged on transport. I managed to find a small piece with with just a few imperfections and then gathered barely used supplies to create my card 🙂

I started with a stitched rectangle card panel of white cardstock, die cut an oval opening at the center and then used Echo Park’s Christmas Snowfall embossing folder. On another rectangle panel I ink blended Distress inks to create background. Then I used a die from oldish Tonic Craft kit (houses) and glued colored in yellow scraps behind the windows. I wanted to have a snowy scene so I took my snow marker that I use once a year (I keep forgetting about it), made lots of dots on the background piece and at the base of the houses and used my heat tool to make the puffy snow. I stamped, colored and die cut a snowman and few ornaments from different Lawn Fawn sets. I wanted to add a Christmas tree for the snowman to decorate but I had too big or too small ones so I went for a sentiment instead. It’s actually a newly bought stamp set (a little bit of cheating) with Finnish Christmas/New Year greetings with two versions of the word “Christmas” with matching dies: plain and snowy. I chose the snowy one and paired it with the word “white” to form “White Christmas” (or “Valkeaa Joulua” in Finnish). I again used the snow marker to add more details to the letters and the snowman’s hat.

To assemble the card, first I adhered the houses behind the dry embossed panel. Then I added the vellum piece and the background panel. Lastly, arranged the die cuts. I added clear Wink of Stella all over the houses and the sentiment (not sure if the camera picked it up).

Here is a closer look:

A closer look.

Next stop on this hop is the fabulous Marie, but please, check all the stops, it’s just 6 of us so it won’t take you long. Plus, you get to see lots of Holiday inspiration 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Squirrels Gone Nutz: October

Hello and welcome! It’s again time for our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop and your previous stop should have been the sweet Marie 🙂 This month’s theme is “Celebration with Galaxy”. If you don’t know what this hop is all about and what it has to do with squirrels… well, we are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad. Every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The most important part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

Today I am sharing a Birthday card. You can’t tell that it really is by looking at the front but there will be a “Happy Birthday” stamped inside. It is going to be for my husband and I didn’t want him to see if for some reason decides to open the card. My craft area is quite in the middle of our apartment so I am having hard times hiding my projects 😀 Anyways, I started with two stitched rectangle panels: one dark blue and one Bristol smooth cardstock. The first one I ran through my die cutting machine using star shaped die, stamped and heat embossed in white the sentiment (Clearly Besotted set) and then ink blended around. On the other panel I created a galaxy using Distress inks. I splattered both panels with white paint and left them aside to dry. Meanwhile, I stamped, colored and fussy cut out the bunny from the same stamp set as my sentiment, called “To The Moon & Back”.

At this point the panels were dry so my card was ready to assemble. I die cut vellum clouds to fill the empty spaces and to have something the bunny to sit on. The clouds were slightly overhandig so I put liquid glue on these parts and folded them so they stick to the back of the blue panel. For more stability I also used gots of the liquid glue behind each cloud but completely forgot to tap the glue with my finger so it ended up visible. To “fix” that I used white gell pen to create starts over those areas (I should say “tried to fix”). Lastly, I used clear Wink of Stella on the clouds and on the star the bunny is fishing 🙂

A bit of a closer look.

So, this is the finished card. I’ll stamp the sentiment inside in few days and will write my greetings 🙂 Next stop on this hop is the brilliant V, but please, check all the stops, you won’t regret it 😀

Big hugs,


Squirrels Gone Nutz: June

Hi and welcome to the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop! The theme for June is Elegant and Marbled background is the randomly selected technique. If you have arrived here from the very talented Anna, it means that you are on the right track.

I have to admit that this wasn’t the card I wanted to make. I was going to create my own marbled background with watercolors, at least that was the plan… but life happened so here I am with few hours left before the hop… It feels like cheating but I had a piece of marbled pattened paper (I was going to use it as an ispiration). Decided to use it as my background instead: using supplies from my stash, which is the purpose of this hop :). I also found already watercolored florals (oldish Tonic Studios rubber stamp) so I fussy cut the image out and I also happened to have a second small flower stamped and watercolored, I decided to pop it up. To tie it all together, I used black cardstock as a mat, die cut gold frame and I also added details with a Stardust gel pen. I stamped “For You”, which is from an oldish Tonic Craft kit.

Here is a closer look of my card:

A closer look.

Next stop is the sweet Marie but please, hop along and leave some love to my lovely crafty friends. They all are so wonderful and talented so you won’t regret it 🙂

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Squirrels Gone Nutz: April

Hi and welcome! It’s again time for the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop! The theme for April is Florals and Watercolors (we always have a theme and randomly selected supply or technique). If you have arrived here from the sweet Karen, it means that you are on the right track.

For my background I decided to use a watercolor spray that I’ve had for a long time and never used. It was a freebie with an order and the color is…. well, not something that I like much. I took a piece of watercolor paper, spayed a bit of water and then used the spray. Sprayed a bit more water and placed a stencil on top. Left all to dry overnight and this was the result:

The background.

I won’t lie that it wasn’t easy to decide what to do next. After two weeks of staring at this piece (and running out of time) I decided to go with heat embossed in white florals on vellum. I used Studio Katia’s Spring Bouquet stamp set and die three times. Arranged the die cuts around the sides of the card panel, cut the excess off and added it to another part. To finish off the card I cut a frame in Lime pearlescent cardstock (I didn’t want to go with black or white). Added a sentiment and white matte gems.

Closer look.

That’s all from me. I hope you’ll hop along! Your next stop is the lovely Anna 🙂


Squirrels Gone Nutz: March

Hi and welcome! It’s again time for the Squirrels Gone Nuts hop and this is my most favorite time of the month! The theme for March is Green with Special Cardstock (we always have a theme and randomly selected supply or technique). If you have arrived here from the wonderful Anna, it means that you are on the right track.

I knew right away that I’ll be making a Spring card and I had the perfect stamp set Finally Spring by Create a Smile (bought it in December but never used). I loved seeing the snowdrops in my Grandma’s garden as a kid and I knew that soon Spring comes.

I stamped the images on newish to me paper Claire Fontaine DCP with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. I used YG17 and YG03 Copic markers for the green parts and BV00, C1 and C0 for the petals. Also BG000 to outline all. I fussy cut the images out. For background I used Craft Perfect handcrafted paper called Geometric Galaxy. For a bit more interest I cut twice a frame out of white cardstock. Dies are from Tonic Craft kit 14 and if you still haven’t figured it out, I try to use dies from these kits every month 🙂 . I stamped and heat embossed in clear my sentiment onto a tag from another Tonic Craft kit, I believe it was number 32. I used leftover piece of white/green twine to attach the tag to the frame. I added foam squares behind the top parts of the snowdrops for a bit more dimension.

Closer look.

Once I had all adhered onto a white cardbase, I added a light green sequin on the knot of the twine and filled it in with Nuvo Crystal Glaze. Lastly, added clear Wink of Stella.

This month I have also a video:

Please, head over to the sweet V’s blog. I hope you’ll enjoy the hop 🙂


Squirrels Gone Nutz: February

Hello and welcome! This is our second instalment of the Squirrels Gone Nuts year-long hop. Theme for February is Friendship with a Shaker and you should have arrived here from the amazing V.

I always connect Friendship with Flowers so a floral stamp was a must. I picked Waffle Flower’s Bouquet Builder 3 (barely used). I remember receiving it two years ago on my birthday and there was a sweet note from the shop owner; that really made my day. I even found already stamped images in my scrap box. Not so perfectly stamped on few places but that wasn’t bothering me. So at this point I had to decide how to make the shaker. Originally, I wanted to use a shaker window (never used before) but it simply wouldn’t work. So I looked through my Tonic Craft kits (rarely used) and in kit 13 there was the perfect die to create the window. Picture of the used supplies below. The sequin mix was in the same order as the stamp set 🙂

What I used.
All the pieces.
Creating the window.
Creating the shaker.

I die cut two panels with the stitched rectangle die (size A6). On the first one I marked on all four sides 1.5 cm from the stitching and made guide lines with a pencil. I also marked the centre of the panel and also the die I was going to use. Then I lined it up as shown on the picture and ran it through my die cutting machine. After that, I aligned the die with the top pencil line and again cut it out. Now my shaker window was ready.

I used my Copic markers to color the florals and I tried to use colors as close as possible to the colors of my sequin mix.     

On my second panel I ink blended Distress inks in Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick and Seedless Preserves. It was time to assemble the shaker.  

I managed to hide those not so perfect places with aditional images and the sentiments from SSS – Tiny Words stamp set. Added Wink of Stella in clear on all of the flowers and that was it.

Now, head over to see sweet Karen’s post.

Have a great day!


Squirrels Gone Nutz: January

Hello, crafty Friends! Welcome to the Squirrels Gone Nutz: a whole year-long hop! I’m so excited to be joining the Squirrel Sisters (Anna, Karen, Marie and V. who formed the Squirrel Squad at the Collected Crafty Collabs hops if you remember) and two other lovely Squirrels: Lounon and Tasha 🙂 . In this fun collab we’ll be using again supplies from our stash (let’s be honest, we all hoard craft supplies… or forget to use… ). The theme for January is “New (Year, Baby and so on) with Leftovers (optional)” and you should have came here from the sweet and creative Lounon.

I went through my stash of backgrounds and scraps and I found few colored leftovers from the Simon Says Stamp – “Pretty Peonies” background stamp. I’m sorry, I didn’t even think of taking a picture… but I have a quick video and all is shown in there. Only one looked good enough to me, made with Nuvo shimmer powders, the other two pieces needed some more color to the background or to the florals. The next treasure that I found was a card front sized white (with gold shimmer) pearlecent cardstock that I thought will match the brass heat embossing on the peonies from that scrap piece. It took me some time to figure out the card design but I decided to use a die from Tonic Craft kit 18 and sentiments from Tonic Studios – “Summer Flowers” stamp set: “Wishing you another year full of happiness and love” and “Happy Birthday” for the inside. Golden metallic cardstock strips helped me cover up my not so straight die cutting 😀 I glued all the pieces together and that’s it.

A close shot of the card and there is all the shimmer.

Here is my video:

Oh and I am taking part in V.’s challenge called Just Stash January. More info here.

Your next stop is the amazing Tasha.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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